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The Course Of Relapse

Getting Back On Track To Recovery

A relapse is normal during recovery. In order to attain abstinence after one has regressed, several actions can be taken.

Relapse gets even the most committed and focused patient on their way to recovery.

Feeling great remorse and shame after relapsing is common. The patient may feel defeated in his or her ordeal with recovery and decides to give in to the urge.


Up to 60% of patients trying to recover have a relapse at some point on the process.


Familiarization with possible conditions that bring about regression and drawing out an avoidance strategy are some of the ways you can turn regression to your advantage. By delving deeper into the root causes of the relapse you will be laying the foundation for a recovery which will ensure that you bounce back stronger than ever.


Relapse And The Reasons For It

Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. Approximately 50% of all recovering addicts experience moments of weakness that take them back again and make them pick up drugs or alcohol all over again.

You can prevent relapse if you are aware of the warning signs.

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Below are some red flags to note:

  • Forgetting About Your Goal Of Sobriety
  • You are more likely to experience a relapse when your commitment is less than hundred percent.
  • In order to succeed you must be prepared to put in the hard work that is required to stay sober.
  • Going for counselling sessions and registering with the 12-step programs is one sure way through which you can effectively recover from the addiction.
  • Lack Of Social Backing
  • The presence of a support system whether it is in the form of a reliable friend or your family makes or enhances your chances in recovering.
  • It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
  • Requesting your family members to keep you accountable, seeking spiritual guidance through meditation or religion and joining sober group activities also prove helpful.
  • You Should Want To Quit For Yourselves
  • Many cases have been noted where the individual joins the treatment program because he or she is trying to please their family members or friends but do not have a commitment for quitting for themselves.
  • It is quite easy for someone to go back to drinking ways if they were not committed to the being sober in the first place.
  • Not Having A Plan After Being Sober
  • It is important to have in place a relapse prevention plan for transitioning back to regular life after the treatment has been completed.
  • This is where your learning from the counselling sessions come in handy in reference to identifying the triggers and other psychosocial factors of your addiction.
  • The ability to immediately recognize a trigger can mean relapse and live another day of being sober.

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The Actions To Take After Relapse

In cases where one dose led to another and perhaps that succeeding dose led to another dose, then that sounds like you are back to your old habit.

The second time may need you to be put in some of the effective treatment programs such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) so that you can fully recover without relapsing again. There are several forms of therapy, which can be explored among the many treatment programs and include art and music therapy, yoga and relaxation techniques, physical fitness and even equine therapy.


Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment or not. You need to evaluate if what happened was just a one-time temporary moment of weakness.

The main objective, at the start of rehabilitation after a regression, must strictly be achievement of normal living. Admission into conducive surroundings where one can be held responsible and answerable, in the initial periods when one is more prone to regression, is the finest choice. After exiting from rehab, you need to have a plan already on how you are going to conduct your life.


Reach Out For Help That You Need

In case your gut feels that you are more likely to relapse post -rehab, it would be best to ask help from your counsellor or support group to address your situation. Join a de-addiction program that can help you live a sober life.